About Us

Our Mission

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art will collect, preserve and present American and related art to engage and educate broad and diverse audiences throughout the region to add value to their lives.

Our Values

Believing that art is a meaningful part of our lives, we value:




Sound Stewardship

Our Vision

To be the best nationally accredited art museum of our size, while serving the broadest array of constituencies in our region.

Our History

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, in its infancy, included informal art classes in drawing and painting, which were first taught in 1888 by J. Ottis Adams and later by William Forsyth. Both artists became important regional influences, whose skills in drawing and composition had been sharpened by tutelage at the Royal Academy in Munich. By 1897, these art classes were formally organized under the official name The Fort Wayne Art School. Over the next twenty years, the Art School continued to thrive despite limited funds and several changes in location.

In 1921, the museum function was added to the school when a collection of ten paintings was donated by Theodore Thieme. A prominent Fort Wayne citizen, Thieme recognized the importance of art to the community, and, in addition to the paintings, donated his residence at 1026 West Berry Street. In 1949, the B. Paul Mossman home at 1202 West Wayne Street was donated to the museum and, for the first time, an entire facility could be devoted completely to exhibitions and collections.

The museum split with the art school in 1977. The school became a department of Indiana University Purdue University at Fort Wayne, now Purdue Fort Wayne. The museum is now housed in a facility designed by architect Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 1984.

FWMoA was first awarded accreditation by the American Association of Museums in 1996 and was accredited again in 2007. That same year, FWMoA launched a $7.5-million capital campaign to expand the building and grow the permanent collection. Completed in 2010, the project was and continues to prove its success, as FWMoA was transformed by adding 10,000 square feet to increase the number of exhibitions, programs and visitors to the Museum. The Museum is now able to implement its vision to be the cultural catalyst of the region.

Our Board of Trustees 2020-2021

Ellen Cutter
Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.
Director of Strategy and Research
Ryan Fox
Vice Chair
Ash Brokerage
Talent Acquisition & Career Development Leader
Judy Roy
Indiana Tech
EVP - Finance & Administration
Seth Whicker
Sym Financial Advisors
Jason Wagner
Verizon Wireless Business
Account Manager
Carmen Tse
Regal Beloit Corporation
Director, Financial Planning & Analysis
Matthew Rowan
Trine University
Director of Development
Janet Roe
111 Design
Jeff Radke
Sweetwater Sound, Inc.
Chief Sales Officer & Executive VP of Sales
Pat Pasterick
Design Collaborative
President & Architect
Marita O’Neil-Maloley
Community Leader
Dr. Barbara Nohinek Zee-Cheng
Community Leader
A. T. Kohout
Galecki Financial Management, Inc.
Raquel A. Kline
Language Services Network
Alec Johnson
City of Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
City Landscape Architect
Terra Hipp
Encore Sotheby’s International Realty
Realtor/Associate Broker
Tom Herr
Barrett McNagny
Retired Partner
Sea Grandon
Sea Grandon Fine Art
Kristin Giant
Hyperlocal Impact
Sharon Eisbart
Sharon Eisbart Corporate Art
Sherry Early-Aden
VP of Operations
Brittainy Chaffee
Star Financial Bank
Private Banker
Eve-Lynn Clarke
University of St. Francis
Division Director of the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership
Melanie T. Hall
Fort Wayne Community Schools
Director of Public Affairs
Rick Cartwright
Community Leader
Kathy Callen
Old National Bank
Community Engagement Exec, SVP
Michael Barranda
MedPro Group
Claims Consultant
Heather Schoegler
Parkview Health
Director of Strategic Educational Partnerships

Our Staff

Charles A. Shepard III
President & CEO
Lon R. Braun
Vice President & CFO
Amanda Shepard
Vice President & COO
Ashley Stoneburner
Vice President & CDO
Amy Schreiber
Director of Executive Initiatives
Scott Tarr
Director of Facilities
Kaitlin Binkley
Director of Visual Communications
Capri Williams
Membership and Development Coordinator
Alyssa Dumire
Director of Children’s Education
Katy Thompson
Children’s Education Associate
Brian Williamson
Technical Director
Emily Uphoff
Events Coordinator
Josef Zimmerman
Curator of Contemporary Art
Leah Reeder
Suzanne Slick
Collections Information Associate
Lauren Wolfer
Associate Curator of Special Collections and Archives
Elizabeth Kilmer
Exhibitions Content Manager
Sachi Yanari-Rizzo
Curator of Prints and Drawings
Michelle Cano
Maintenance Assistant
Abby Leon
Paradigm Gallery Director
Mark Shaylor
Megan Maynard
Keith Davis
Sheila O’Rourke
Emma Magsamen
Valerie Michel
Michele Andrews
Susan Martin
Paradigm Gallery Associate
Jenna Gilley
Paradigm Gallery Associate
Kari Larsen
Paradigm Gallery Associate

Thank You To Our Affiliates and Donor Partners

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